Chapter 12 - Inspection of Vehicles

Chapter 12 - Inspection of Vehicles

22.1201 Duty to keep vehicles in safe and properly equipped condition.


No person may drive or move on any highway any motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or any combination thereof, unless the equipment upon every vehicle is in good working order and adjustment as required by this title and unless the vehicle is in such safe mechanical condition as not to endanger the driver or other occupants or any person or property.

22.1202 Initial and annual inspections and upon request of commissioner.


(a) All motor vehicles must be inspected by the Office of Public Safety or a privately owned facility as authorized by the Commissioner and an official certificate of safety inspection and approval obtained for each vehicle as follows:

(1) upon an original application for registration;

(2) annually, at the time designated by the Commissioner by rules;

(3) in the interest of public safety, upon request of the Commissioner.

(b) Such inspections must determine whether the vehicle inspected meets all requirements as to equipment under this title and is in such safe mechanical condition as not to endanger the driver or any other person or property when driven or moved on any highway.

22.1203 Inspection upon request of police officer.


Uniform police officers may at any time, upon reasonable cause to believe that a vehicle is unsafe, is not equipped as required by law, or that its equipment is not in proper adjustment or repair, require the driver of such vehicle to stop and submit such vehicle to an inspection and such tests with reference thereto as may be appropriate.

22.1204 Notice of deficiencies.


In the event any vehicle is found on any inspection not to meet all requirements as to equipment under this title, or to be in an unsafe condition, a notice of such deficiencies must be given to the driver. No person may thereafter operate such vehicle, except as may be necessary to return such vehicle to the residence or place of business of the owner or driver or to a garage, until such deficiencies have been remedied. The driver may be required to make temporary repairs before being permitted to proceed with such vehicle.

22.1205 Remedy of deficiencies.


Every owner or driver, upon receiving a notice of deficiencies, shall remedy those deficiencies and within 10 days shall submit the vehicle for further inspection by the Office of Public Safety or a privately owned facility authorized by the Commissioner to make inspections.

22.1206 Minor deficiencies-Permitted operation.


If the deficiency cited is minor, that is, the vehicle can be operated on the highways of American Samoa without substantially endangering public safety and repair of the deficiency is unobtainable in American Samoa, then the registered owner of the deficient vehicle may apply to the Commissioner for a temporary permit to operate the vehicle with such deficiency.

22.1207 Minor deficiencies-Determination.


The commissioner is directed to determine which deficiencies shall be considered minor within the meaning of this chapter. Permission to operate a vehicle may not be granted by virtue of this chapter if the Commissioner determines that the operation of such vehicle will substantially endanger public safety.

22.1208 Confiscation of registration and tags.


(a) The Commissioner shall confiscate the registration and license tags of any motor vehicle:

(1) which does not have a current certificate of safety inspection and approval;

(2) which is not submitted for further inspection within 10 days after a notice of deficiencies is given pursuant to an inspection;

(3) for which a temporary deficiency permit has been issued, such permit having expired and the deficiency not having been corrected.

(b) The Commissioner may not issue new registration for the confiscated registration nor release the confiscated registration until the owner of the vehicle procures a valid inspection certificate showing the deficiencies for which the registration was confiscated have been remedied.

22.1220 Reinspection of vehicles converted to commercial use.


Before any private vehicle may be used for commercial transportation, it must be inspected as provided in 22.1202 and the inspection fee must be paid.

22.1231 Inspection fees.


Fees for the inspection of motor vehicles by the Office of Public Safety shall be $8.00. A total of $7.00 of the fee paid for each inspection shall be placed in a revenue fund for the Department of Public Safety for law enforcement costs and maintenance and supplies for production of driver licenses and vehicle registrations.